Utilities

Overview

This area covers the production and delivery of energy, water and telecoms to homes and businesses, and the processing of waste water. The sector consists of energy suppliers, transporters and distribution companies. There are also numerous satellite organisations (such as IT services companies for billing) and there is a vast supply chain serving transporters and distributors.

A career in this sector can be hugely exciting as you find yourself at the forefront of technological, societal and commercial changes. Technical expertise is a must but to progress you will also need good commercial and leadership skills. Big infrastructure projects will bring you into contact with a huge diversity of people and professions, requiring excellent communication skills.

Career Opportunities

Gas Service Technician

For this role you’ll need good technical and communication skills, along with good problem-solving and organisational ability. Your day-to-day duties might range from installing appliances and systems to testing controls and safety devices, and advising customers about gas safety and energy efficiency. Starting salaries range from £12,000 to £18,000.

Gas Mains Layer

This role requires good practical skills and an ability to follow technical plans and diagrams. Your day-to-day duties might range from checking technical drawings and plans to trace where you need to dig to laying or repairing pipes and responding to emergency gas escapes. Starting salaries average £25,000.

Water Network Operative

For this role you'll need good practical skills and an ability to follow detailed instructions. You’ll carry out planned maintenance work and respond to emergencies like burst pipes and major leaks. Day-to-day duties might range from laying and repairing water mains and pipes to installing water meters and hydrants. Starting salaries range from £15,000 to £18,000.

Water Engineer

If you have excellent IT and communication skills, with good problem-solving ability, this career could be for you. Water engineers deal with the provision of clean water, disposal of waste water and sewage, and prevention of flood damage. Day-to-day tasks include repairing, maintaining and building structures that control water resources. Starting salaries range from £20,000 to £30,000.

Telecoms Engineer

To be a telecoms engineer, you'll need a methodical approach along with good analytical and communication skills. Working for broadband or mobile phone operators, or satellite installers, your day-to-day tasks might range from setting up communications and data networks to laying and testing underground and underfloor cabling. Starting salaries range from £16,000 to £18,000.

The following career routes are also available:

  • Supply Technician (Water, Electric and Gas)
  • Installation Technician (Telecom and Cable)

Find out more about utilities careers on the following websites:

Did you know that...

Graduates entering the energy and utilities sector can expect a median salary of £32,500.

High Fliers' The Graduate Market in 2016 report

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